Lizard Meat, doesn’t sound very hearty does it? The question in my mind is, would it be possible to survive off lizard meat? The first thing you’re probably thinking is, “Why in the world would I want to?”
First of all, lizard meat doesn’t sound too tasty and I could think of a thousand other critters that would probably be better tasting. But for the sake of discussion, let’s assume you were trapped in a forest somewhere with nothing to eat and no hopes for a rescue in the near future. I would imagine one of the first things going through your mind would be, “I wonder where the waiter is”! lol, just kidding. It would be “What am I going to eat to survive?” That would of course be the most concerning thing, aside from finding water.
Most vegetated areas like forests have an abundance of lizard species crawling through the trees, so if these were the only animals around you would have to eat them, right? I certainly don’t think any of you would want to slice a nice hunk of meat off your own backside and chow down on that…or would you? Uhh, Never mind….let’s move on, that’s a topic for another discussion.
Is there Enough Lizard Meat?
When I think of a lizard I normally think of those little critters that are always stuck to your screen door during the summer. But some species of lizard actually grow to be pretty good sized. I’m not necessarily talking about a Gila Monster size, but some are known to grow about as long as your hand, but may not weigh any more than a tenth of an ounce. That sounds more like an horderve to me rather than a meal.
According to the information I’ve researched, lizard meat will normally have about 50 calories per ounce, about the same as chicken. So let’s assume a sub-par diet would consist of around 1,500 calories a day. Of course if you were deserted and lost, chances of you getting that many calories in a day would be very slim. But, moving on… A 1,500 calorie diet a day would mean you’d have to consume about two pounds of lizard meat each day. We’re talking like, 100-300 lizards each and every day just to maintain.
Considering the huge quantity of lizards we’re talking about, there’s hardly enough hours in the day to hunt for that many.
Capturing the Lizard Meat
As you can imagine, getting all that lizard meat would be a daunting task to say the least. Lizards are normally quite small and run very fast, and let’s not forget the small spaces they can crawl into. They are also very spooky creatures and it doesn’t take much movement to send them darting into the nearest crevice.
So your best bet would be assembling some sort of trap system, or possibly making small spears or stickers out of the sticks and limbs available. You certainly wouldn’t want to smash them, that would just make a mess of your dinner. Some survivalists would recommend preying on something a little slower, such as frogs and snakes. Frogs and snakes are quite a bit slower and not as good at darting and being evasive.
But since we’re hunting lizards here, it would be best to focus most of your efforts trying to capture them in the early morning hours. That’s because they are slower due to lack of sunlight. The warmer they become, the livelier they get. So you may want to keep that in mind.
Once you’ve captured your days catch it’s time to consume. Now you can’t just plop them in your mouth and munch down. Lizard meat has to be cooked thoroughly because the raw lizard meat has many parasites. But the good thing is, they are unable to carry any blood diseases due to their cold blooded nature. But there are some lizards that are poisonous, so when cleaning them you want to be sure and get any venom sacks that may be present.
Is Lizard Meat a Fine Cuisine?
Believe it or not, lizard meat is actually considered fine cuisine in some parts of the world. For instance, China’s Guangdong province considers the lizard meat to be a delicacy and it’s gotten so bad that their government had to regulate the wild-animal markets. Their main concern was the disease outbreaks.
Vietnam is home to a species of lizard that is thought to bring male virility. While parts of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines have many lizard meat recipes and use them regularly. So I definitely know where I WON’T be going for vacation this year! lol
So in conclusion, given the size and weight of the lizards, and the huge amount of time and skill it would take to get a pile of lizard meat big enough to survive on, it just seems impossible to me. But I guess if you were buying your lizard meat at the market, then you could get plenty of pounds and eat pretty good on it. I would imagine you could survive on it in that respect. But as far as using it for your only food source if you were lost in the woods, highly unlikely. You would have to find something else to supplement your diet.
Have you ever eaten lizard meat? I hear it tastes like chicken!